Ruth Porter writes for the Daily Telegraph
They are both relatively recent inventions, coming into existence in their present forms in 1997 (DCMS) and 2009 (BIS) respectively. Possibly to appease the ego of Lord Mandelson, it was at this point that higher education found itself wrapped up into this strangely constituted ministry. Although it would save nothing, the first priority of the reform in this area should be to relocate this part of BIS into the Department for Education, putting David Willetts with Michael Gove.
What else might a sensible plan for reform of these departments look like?